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Rogue Raccoon Delights Fans at Major League Soccer Game

'SIGN HIM NOW!' was MLS' response in Philly

(Newser) - "We need to find him a ball because he's moving very well in the center of midfield." Those were a commentator's words during a Major League Soccer matchup this week between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC, though the description wasn't about one...

Messi's Coach Doesn't Expect to See That Again

Miami superstar sets MLS records with 5 assists and contributions to 6 goals

(Newser) - The New York Red Bulls held Inter Miami superstar Lionel Messi to one goal on Saturday night. It was the five assists that did New York in. Miami won 6-2 on the strength of Messi's dazzling performance in support of Luis Suárez's hat trick, CNN reports. Messi'...

Messi Seals Winning Debut With Stunning Goal

Global star touches off Florida celebration in 94th minute

(Newser) - Some people paid hundreds and even thousands of dollars to see Lionel Messi's debut for Inter Miami—and to be able to say they were there. The team's owners committed well over $100 million to have moments like this. So far, it looks like money well spent. Messi...

Some Tickets for Messi's US Debut Have Eye-Popping Price

Soccer star's first US match is Friday

(Newser) - Soccer superstar Lionel Messi's US debut is planned for Friday, when he'll play his first match for Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer team he recently stunned the world by signing with . And to say it's a hot ticket is a bit of an understatement: A search...

Lionel Messi Stuns Soccer, Joins MLS

Argentinian star announces he'll play for Miami Inter

(Newser) - Lionel Messi has pulled off his latest stunning feat: He is headed to Major League Soccer, and joining Inter Miami. After months—years, even—of speculation, Messi finally revealed his decision to join a Miami franchise that has been led by another global soccer icon, David Beckham, since its inception...

Boating Accident Kills Charlotte Soccer Player

Team owner praises Anton Walkes' 'joyous approach to life'

(Newser) - A Major League Soccer player for Charlotte FC has died after a boating accident in Florida. Anton Walkes was 25. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a statement that its officers responded to an accident involving two vessels near the Miami Marine Stadium basin on Wednesday afternoon....

CTE Finds Its Way Into Another Pro Sport

Scott Vermillion, who died in 2020, is first Major League Soccer player to be diagnosed

(Newser) - It's long been known that football players are at risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Now, another sport—one in which the head is often used during game play—is making headlines in connection with the degenerative brain condition. Researchers from Boston University's CTE Center say Scott...

Reese Witherspoon Is Now a Soccer Team Owner

Actor buys minority stake in Nashville's pro team

(Newser) - Reese Witherspoon has joined the growing ranks of actors who double as owners of soccer teams. Witherspoon bought a minority stake in Major League Soccer's Nashville Soccer Club , reports Nashville Scene . Her husband, investor Jim Toth, also bought a stake, as did Tennessee Titans star Derrick Henry. Terms were...

Game Boycott Swells in Wake of Jacob Blake Shooting

The Milwaukee Bucks don't stand alone

(Newser) - The NBA is not standing alone against the police shooting of Jacob Blake. After the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted its Wednesday playoff game and the league ultimately postponed that and two other games, three WNBA games, five Major League Soccer games, and three Major League Baseball games originally planned for Wednesday...

Maybe the Best US Soccer Player Ever Is Retiring

Landon Donovan calling it quits after season ends

(Newser) - Landon Donovan last night was named MVP in his 14th MLS All-Star game, and today the LA Galaxy forward widely considered to be the best soccer player in American history says he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the MLS season. The 32-year-old Donovan is the top...

Openly Gay US Soccer Star Makes History

Robbie Rogers is first openly gay man to play in US pro league

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Rogers made history yesterday as the first openly gay man to play in a US professional league. The 26-year-old winger—who came out of the closet after retiring briefly in February, was cheered and the crowd chanted his name as he came on as...

Yankees Venture Into ... Soccer?

Team will be co-owners of an MLS squad in New York City

(Newser) - The Yankees are extending their reach into the world of soccer. The team will be co-owners of an MLS squad called the New York City Football Club expected to play its first game in 2015, reports the Guardian . The Yanks will own about a quarter of the club, with the...

Beckham Leaving Galaxy
 Beckham Leaving Galaxy 

Beckham Leaving Galaxy

Superstar seeks final challenge before legs give out

(Newser) - Soccer icon David Beckham is ending his playing career with the Los Angeles Galaxy after six years that sparked unprecedented growth for Major League Soccer. The 37-year-old says next month's MLS Cup Final will be his final game with the Galaxy, as he wants to "experience one last...

Beckham Signs New 2-Year Deal With LA Galaxy

Turns down millions more to play in Europe

(Newser) - David Beckham will be an Angeleno for at least another couple years: The English soccer star has signed a new two-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, turning down an offer from a French club in order to return to Major League Soccer. That deal, from Paris-St. Germain, was for...

Cow Scores New Stadium's 1st Goal

Fan milks spotlight, beats players to the kick at Kansas City's new MLS stadium

(Newser) - It might say something about the pace of soccer when a cow scores first. Late in the debut match at Kansas City's brand-new MLS stadium, a fan in a cow costume rushed the field with a ball and kicked in the first unofficial goal at Livestrong Sporting Park, reports...

MLS Players OK Strike
 MLS Players OK Strike 

MLS Players OK Strike

New labor deal before March 25 or else

(Newser) - By a vote of 350-2, Major League Soccer players have decided to strike if they can’t reach a new labor deal with the league by its opening day, March 25. “To be quite blunt, it doesn’t look good at all,” one player tells the Washington Post...

US Finally Buying Soccer's Pitch
 US Finally Buying 
 Soccer's Pitch 
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US Finally Buying Soccer's Pitch

Viewership is soaring ahead of all-star game

(Newser) - After years of intermittent sniffling, Americans may finally be catching soccer fever, the Wall Street Journal reports: Some 4 million watched the US men’s team almost beat Brazil last month; some 2 million are likely to attend games featuring top European teams this summer; Seattle’s Major League Soccer...

Beckham Shrugs Off Boos During LA Galaxy Return

(Newser) - David Beckham's return to Major League Soccer was booed by sections of the crowd in Giants Stadium as the Galaxy demolished the New York Red Bulls last night, the Los Angeles Times reports. Beckham, under fire for criticizing the US game during his time on loan to AC Milan, failed...

Soccer, Come on Down: Carey Says You're Gonna Win

Carey aims to make also-ran sport a high-kicking sensation

(Newser) - When he’s not giving away cars and vacuum cleaners to giddy contestants on The Price is Right, Drew Carey is busy revolutionizing sports. The 51-year-old comedian is a co-owner of the Seattle Sounders, arguably Major League Soccer’s most popular club. And his plan, which he puts into action...

Becks May Check Out of Hotel California

AC Milan hopes to wrest soccer star from LA Galaxy

(Newser) - Soccer virtuoso David Beckham may have kicked his last ball in the US, reports the Los Angeles Times. The midfielder is on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy to AC Milan until March, and the boss of the Italian club has said he would welcome Beckham with "open arms"...

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